by Amy Lawrence

On August 29, 2009, the Valley Hi-North Library opened, replacing a smaller library on Mack Road, in Sacramento.  As one of the City of Sacramento’s “green buildings”, with special insulation and efficient lighting, air conditioning and heating, the Valley Hi-North Library is one of the five “Neighborhood News Bureau” sites.

It offers several benefits to the public that help it serve this idea of a “Neighborhood News Bureau” including newly-released DVDs and CDs, a large collection of fiction and non-fiction with places to read, magazines, Internet-accessible computers with word processing, a children and teens reading section and self-check out machines.  In addition, the Valley Hi-North Library also has a meeting room that accommodates up to 100 people and three study rooms.

Because of these services, the Valley Hi-North Library could be a wonderful tool for those residents wanting to participate in the Neighborhood News website by posting videos or “tweets”.  Community residents who do not have Internet access at home, can find this tool available at the library along with various other researching tools.

You are cordially invited to the Doc School Film Festival on Sunday, May 16th. The event will take place at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center at Natomas Charter High School, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee and appetizers and drinks will be served.
Join the forty Doc School students as they premiere nine short documentaries on local stories and compete for awards. Film topics range from the Sacramento Zoo to the Shriners Hospital for Children; from Folsom Prison to pink-slipped teachers.

The Doc School is an eight-week documentary production program for high school students in partnership with KVIE Public Television. The Documentary Foundation is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the production and support of documentary films.

Don’t miss the Doc School Film Festival on May 16th. This is your opportunity to support youth education, our local aspiring filmmakers, and mingle with leaders in the arts community. Enjoy an evening of food and fun fun as you watch Sacramento’s finest high school filmmakers shine a light on local issues. Delicious appetizers will be catered by acclaimed restaurants Aioli Bodega and Hawks.

Below is the invitation. I have also attached a copy for your convenience. Please RSVP to Cristina at or call (916) 456-5229. For more info, visit our website at